Returns after a four-year gap for his fifth appearance in the championship, back-to-back sixth place finishes on the PGA Tour in April and then fourth in last month’s Memorial Tournament lifting him back into the world’s top 100 and seeing him called into the Royal Portrush starting line-up when former champions Todd Hamilton and John Daly withdrew.
Reached a high of 36th when he was a joint runner-up behind Tiger Woods at The Players in 2013, two months after his maiden victory on the circuit at the Tampa Bay Classic, and then again when he won the following season’s Travelers Championship by a stroke from Sergio Garcia and KJ Choi.
Was second with Matt Kuchar at the 2013 World Cup, albeit 10 strokes behind Australian winners Adam Scott and Jason Day. Along with Bryson DeChambeau he gifted President Trump a set of clubs two years ago. Caddied at three-time US Open venue Chicago Golf Club as a youngster.
Was joint leader after the first round of the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines, but his two best major finishes have been joint 12th in both the Masters and PGA Championship.